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Rams trounce Nipissing enroute to big win

By Ryan Bacic

TORONTO -  The word monumental would be an understatement if one attempts to describe the happenings of the Ryerson Rams contest against the Nipissing Lakers on Friday night.  With a final score of 102-32, the Rams dominance put this game out of reach early.

The first half of the match-up can most aptly be described as a tale of two very different quarters. Throughout the first quarter of the contest, the Rams were as offensively efficient as they have ever been, shooting above sixty-percent from the field and confounding the Nipissing defence with both their evident size dominance and quick perimeter passing.

However, apparent holes in the Rams perimeter defense allowed the Lakers to constantly remain within striking distance of Ryerson’s lead.  Taking the majority of their field-goal attempts from beyond the three-point line, the Lakers were able to shoot nearly fifty-percent from deep and maintain a deficit of only nine points heading into the second quarter.

The next ten minutes of the contest however, can only be understood as the Rams coming alive on all points of the court in a manner that hasn’t been seen in a while.  The Rams held Nipissing to a scoreless quarter, while trouncing them with a 23-point scoring run.  Offensively, the Rams began to sacrifice selective offensive outputs for an onslaught of scoring attempts, as they hammered the Lakers from the paint and the field.

Marin Scotten (Ottawa, Ont.), led all scorers in the first half with 13 points, to go along with 7 rebounds.  

The Rams followed up their dominant performance in the first half by scoring at will across the final two quarters. Throughout each passing minute of the third and fourth quarters, the Rams perpetually extended their lead, while forcing Nipissing to commit error after error.  

Through their defensive domination of the Lakers, the Rams were able to prevent Nipissing from scoring for thirteen straight minutes across the two halves.  For reference, in a 40 minute basketball game, the Nipissing Lakers were prevented from scoring for 32.5 percent of the entire match.

Across the last two quarters of the game, the Rams put up 49 points, compared to the Lakers 11, on route to the eventual 102-32 victory.

On the evening, several notable achievements occurred that are worth mentioning.

Marin Scotten concluded the evening with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while teammate Bronwyn Williams (Toronto, Ont.) tied her career best in rebounds with 10 on the night.

Additionally, in acquiring the victory, the Rams were just one point shy of tying the highest point total in program history.  To add to this, the 70-point defeat was the largest that the Nipissing Lakers had suffered this season thus far.

The Rams will be looking to carry the momentum acquired in this game, over to their season finale against the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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